"The Acid King" CDR
Genres: noise, pschedelic noise, experimental
PO Box 936
July 8 - 15 2002
was a collaboration between Erik Amlee and David Gilden
that took place in the late eighties and early nineties. The duo
got together to record experimental soundscapes onto tape.
Comprised of guitar noises and tape manipulation, they came up with a
number of pieces that were later reissued on the Mandragora
label. Thus, two albums were born - the first, I, and
now, The Acid King.
The Acid King contains eight
tracks, ranging from the (surprisingly "accessible") guitar
terror of "Gary's Rotting Corpse" to the crazed sampling
antics of "Hassan's Rumpus Room". While the noisy
experimentalism may be a strain on the ears to those who aren't
familiar with the style, those who are interested in it will find this
to be a treat. Influences range from Merzbow to If,
Bwana, from Mammal to MSBR, and, of course,
everything in between.
My favourite piece was definitely the
title-track, a haunting soundscape that slides through distorted
crashes and electronic roars, constantly shifting the pitch and
ringing imaginary bells. During the course of the piece, the duo
show their true love for intergalactic soundscapes. It is this
lust for sounds and noises that fuels Crackhouse's music.
Although there's nothing accessible on The Acid King, and there
certainly isn't anything remotely catchy, Amlee and Gilden
excel through mood - completely abstract, yet insanely powerful noise
emotions. While they aren't the next Merzbow, they're
noise masters in their own right.